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We encountered lousy weather coming and going. It was lousy enough to dedicate a paragraph or two to our experience with the Port of Galveston. Flying from BOS (Boston) 24 hours late due to snow cancellations in Beantown, we flew into HOU (Hobby) just in time for an Ice Storm. Bush International to the north was closed because of the ice but somehow we managed to squeak into Houston. Our car service www.republiclimousine.com (Frank) was waiting for us upon arrival (despite the weather) and quickly scooped us up and brought us to our Galveston Beachfront hotel. I can’t say enough good things about Republic Limousine, we were treated to quick and safe transport to our hotel and they did an amazing job getting us back to the airport at the end; more on our return later. Two other couples who drove through white knuckle blizzard conditions from Minnesota, met us there, amazed that we made it. Clearly with ice storms we were NOT in the Sunshine State so it was quite cold and winter jacket worthy. The weather improved by Sunday, Embarkation day. Pre-Cruise Lodging; We stayed at the Holiday Inn Club Vacation’s Galveston Beach Resort. We stayed in a fully equipped condo featuring a full Kitchen. The Bathroom with a large walk in shower and massive Jacuzzi style soaking tub was a real luxury. The service was impeccable with over the top hospitality and an immaculate room steps off the beach. Beautiful grounds with a really cool infinity pool and steaming hot tub – I wish the weather was warmer so we could have enjoyed the property more. Hungry on arrival, we ordered pizza from the local Pizza Hut only to be called 20 minutes later to be told they don’t deliver to our location. Apparently the staff at Pizza Hut as little geographical clue about their own island, hello? Don’t you people live here? Frustrated we found a place called “The Jungle” and about a half hour later, two of the most delicious burgers were delivered to our door. You should definitely check out www.thejungle.co/west DW and I highly recommend the Jungle Burger. We also had Saturday available to explore. We had lots of fun in the old town area known as “The Strand” featuring old fashioned gaslights on the streets and lots of cool little shops to explore. We took the ferry across Galveston Bay (it’s free) and saw Dolphin scampering around in the water. We found the people of Galveston to be extremely warm and open. Definitely worth considering a return trip in warmer weather, you’ll love the laid back beach bum vibe. The trip to Pier 23 and Embarkation went so quick, I didn’t have time to check my watch. Curbside, our checked luggage got tags installed and whisked away to be delivered to our State Room later. Next stop was Security to have carryon luggage x-rayed and a quick step through a metal detector. Nobody batted an eye at the 2 bottles of Champaign in my back pack. Next stop, up one long escalator (elevator was available) to the last step in the check in process, cruise cards. After a 10 min. wait in line we checked in and were advised rooms would be ready around 1:30. Off to the Gangway where we paused for the usual photo op with the Carnival Photographers. Where the Gangway ends, the Magic begins. A quick zig zag deposited up inside the Magic Atrium. A massive space that stretched from the belly of the ship on deck 3 all the way up to the water slides on deck 12. Very similar to last year’s Carnival Dream, we felt at home right away. We were onboard before noon. We did our usual Embarkation Day Sneak and deposited our bags in our room. We were stopped on the way by a Crewmember who said rooms on deck 6 were not ready. I mumbled something about Faster to the Fun (we were not) and dragged my luggage right past the crewmember and down the Starboard side to my room. The door was open but the room was not quite ready. We dropped the carry-on luggage inside the closet and dashed off to the buffet for lunch. The line at the Wok was ridiculous so we opted for delicious grilled chicken, rice, eggplant parm (yum) which was all good. We were watered and fed and even had desert before the rest of our group had even ordered at the Mongolian Wok. Next stop the bar and a cocktail to explore the ship with. Around 3:30 we attended the obligatory Muster Drill before our big Sail Away right on time at 4 pm. Treated to a beautiful sunset with Galveston in the background we sailed toward the early seating for dinner and Jamaica beyond. As hinted to before, we were on Deck 6 (SR 6289 Category 8B Balcony) overlooking the Starboard Promenade Deck. We slept comfortably with no issues with noise above or below. The room was set up with a Queen Bed, couch (which was convertible to a bed so the room was capable of handling a party of 3) vanity and 3 closets, two for hanging clothes and one with shelves. Plenty of room for 4 pieces of luggage under the bed. The room and balcony were comparable to the wonderful Cove Balcony we had last year on the Carnival Dream. Cove rooms enjoy more privacy on the balcony but this higher balcony was every bit as enjoyable. One note of caution, selection matters on deck 6 because your balcony is only slightly higher than the hot tub/spas on the Promenade Deck. We selected a room roughly half way between the bump out/half circles protruding from the Promenade. We had the room attendant (who was awesome) empty the fridge for us so we could chill the cokes and case of water I carried on. He kept our ice bucket filled at least twice a day. Thanks to Room Service, we enjoyed Coffee on the Balcony every morning. In the course of our travels I encountered a room attendant and an unhappy looking couple being moved into a room down the hall from me. When inquiring if they were running away from home, they replied they were running away from noise. They were originally located in a room under the Galley so it was quite noisy when breakfast was being prepared. Apparently it is less than restful at 4:am when pots and pans are clanging overhead. Note to yourself; Location, location, location, it pays to pay attention to real estate above and below when booking your Stateroom. Montego Bay Jamaica was our first Port of Call. I have always caught a cab and went to the beach on my own. For the first time ever, we booked a Shore Excursion through Carnival. Negril Experience – Margaritaville & Cliff Diving was a lot of fun and worth the price. We met our Bus Driver and Tour Guide and were first on the bus. When everyone in our group was onboard we left for the Hour plus – ride to Negril. First stop Margaritaville, right on Negril beach. Since DW and I are both accomplished Parrot Heads (with over 20 Jimmy Buffett Concerts under our belts) we felt right at home. Hungry upon arrival we ordered the loaded Nacho’s (excellent) and enjoyed the beach and beautiful warm blue water while we waited for lunch to be served. We opted for Cheese Burgers which were good (though we’ve had better at other Margaritaville’s) we still enjoyed our Cheese Burger’s in Paradise. We were told the alternative Jerk Chicken and rice was delicious. An hour or 2 after lunch it was time to move onto the famous Rick’s Café for cliff diving. Although our Tour Guide didn’t forbid it, it was recommended we not participate in cliff diving. I highly recommend tipping the divers and remaining a spectator and NOT a participant. The cliffs are jagged and the thought of a broken limb in the third world should be reason enough to remain on terra firma. However it is a beautiful place and the diving is quite a spectacle, there is no wonder why Rick’s Café is rated one of the world’s top ten bars. I wish we could have stayed for the famous sunset but we had a Fun Ship to catch. On the way back to the ship we stopped at a little shopping area where I picked up too many pounds of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. Well worth lugging the coffee beans home with me – yesterday morning I enjoyed freshly ground Jamaican coffee at home while it snowed outside. Uneventful ride back to the ship, we really enjoyed our first officially sanctioned Shore Excursion. One final Jamaican thought; We’ve stayed in Montego Bay for a week a few years ago and this was our first beach day in Jamaica where we were not pestered to buy this, that or the other (illegal) things on the beach. I understand the locals make a living off to tourists but to be free of this really added to our enjoyment of this excursion. If you are approached on the beach a friendly “No tank you mon” usually will suffice. Remember, Peace, Love and Respect Mon! Next day was Grand Cayman and despite the pain in the neck of a Tender Port, we really enjoyed Grand Cayman. Again we did an official Shore Excursion, this time it was the Tiki Beach club. Chairs and a welcome drink were included with round trip transport. A quick 10 min bus ride and a beautiful near perfect beach day was enjoyed. For a fair skinned Irishman, I appreciated that part of the beach was sunny and part shaded so no beach umbrella needed. There is a coral reef very close to shore so without water shoes we were confined to shallow wading but the water was beautiful, blue, warm and great. This is a great beach to snorkel from but lots of people seem to complain about the coral. We coped with it just fine and despite the coral, Grand Cayman was our favorite stop of the week. (Please don’t be the dummy to stand up on or walk on the coral reef, it takes decades to grow coral back when you break it off. Besides, you don’t want to end up the bandaged up fool to find a Sea Urchin with your bare feet. We sat down for a wonderful Cheese Burger at a cute white rot iron table under a picturesque red umbrella right on the beach. A most memorable lunch with a view to die for, we will never forget it. Seven mile beach stretching off to the right and a view of our cruise ship in the harbor to the left. An expensive island to be certain but we’d love to return for a week or two and would do so in a heartbeat. After getting dropped off back at the Pier, we had plenty of time to stroll over to Margaritaville to collect another t-shirt in our ever expanding Buffett inspired t-shirt collection. Then it was back to the ship to chill out for a while before getting ready to overeat at dinner once again. Cozumel was a cloudy but warm day and we decided to stay on the ship. With a nearly empty ship we enjoyed having the place to our self and took advantage of everything the Funship had to offer. A so called fun day at sea before returning to Galveston was spent enjoying the Serenity Deck. We had beautiful sunshine for our last day onboard and took full advantage of it. Soaking up the last hint of warmth before returning to the frigid North East, we relaxed on extremely comfortable Chase Loungers with thick padding and great service from the wait staff and nearby bar. The Serenity Deck is close to the stairs that lead to the water slides which were very fun, making this middle aged guy giggle like a kid again. The Drainpipe was fun but the Twister was definitely the more extreme of the two big slides. The Twister spins you clockwise before quickly reversing you in a counter clockwise spin before depositing you at the bottom. The Twister though fun, gave me a bit of whiplash that showed up a few days later so if you have neck problems, you might want to rethink trying this slide. At the time, both were very fun. All good things must come to an end, eventually….or later. Upon arrival to the mouth of the Channel that leads to Port Galveston we encountered the big fog delay. We sat roughly a mile off shore for 6 or 7 hours waiting for the fog to lift sufficiently for safe navigation. The Port was closed to all inbound and outbound marine traffic so we there we sit, fog horn blowing as car services wait, flights leave and expenses mount. We were advised that our State Rooms were still ours and we could stay in them and otherwise have full run of the ship until we were tied up alongside in Galveston. No need to drag suitcases around, we were encouraged to leave them in our rooms. Through public address announcements we were kept informed and advised that the restaurant and buffet were open for our enjoyment. The whole ship and all she had to offer was still our home away from home and were encouraged to use it while we were still aboard. There were no cups at the beverage stations, huge lines at the buffet and an unbelievable line at the dining room. If I didn’t know better I’d think people hadn’t eaten for a week. We gave up and camped out in our room and dined on a left over box of cereal from room service two days prior. Finally cleared to sail into port we arrived after 2 and shortly thereafter disembarkation began. While off shore my Verizon Wireless was no longer roaming, I changed flights, updated car services at both ends. Ralph from Republic Limo was in constant contact and assured me he would be there when we cleared customs. Disembarkation was a whirlwind. Since time was of the essence I found the Woman in charge in the Atrium, Dee was most helpful in getting us off the ship. We would definitely have missed our new flight out if not for her. We were “Self Assist” so we had all our luggage in tow, left the ship, walked the gang way to customs and exited the building 10 minutes, Cabin to curb - amazing. As soon as we left the customs hall we called Ralph, we waited at the curb less than two minutes before he scooped us up and had us on our way to Hobby – Bing, bang, boom. We made it to our gate and sat less than 15 min before boarding happened. Without the help of Carnival’s staff (Thank you Dee!), efficient Customs Agents and a great Limo Company and an awesome JetBlue counter attendant (originally from our own home town), we never would have made it on time. Everything came together as the stars aligned on Super Bowl Sunday (except the Pats weren’t playing). A few last words about the Port of Galveston; it seems to be plagued with foggy conditions more often than not in winter and ridiculous delays appear to be the norm. Watching various webcams, the ships based in Miami and Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) seem to come and go week after week without a hitch. Meanwhile Galveston is fogged in and closed to marine traffic every other week. These delays affected our outbound flights requiring costly rescheduling fees and inconvenience to our Car Service at both ends. Inbound we encountered that ice storm and although the fog at the end of the cruise didn’t impact the airports we were most definitely impacted by cold and weather coming and going. Do not book an early flight if you choose to sail in and out of Galveston. The friendliness of the people of Texas surpassed that of FL on previous cruises, it’s too bad weather issues tainted our experience. We still made the most of it despite our inconveniences and made our own fun despite Mother Nature’s poor sense of humor. If we sail out of Galveston again we will definitely be scheduling a next day flight home.  

Lovely cruise despite weather woes

Carnival Magic Cruise Review by Steveo978

Trip Details
We encountered lousy weather coming and going. It was lousy enough to dedicate a paragraph or two to our experience with the Port of Galveston. Flying from BOS (Boston) 24 hours late due to snow cancellations in Beantown, we flew into HOU (Hobby) just in time for an Ice Storm. Bush International to the north was closed because of the ice but somehow we managed to squeak into Houston. Our car service www.republiclimousine.com (Frank) was waiting for us upon arrival (despite the weather) and quickly scooped us up and brought us to our Galveston Beachfront hotel. I can’t say enough good things about Republic Limousine, we were treated to quick and safe transport to our hotel and they did an amazing job getting us back to the airport at the end; more on our return later. Two other couples who drove through white knuckle blizzard conditions from Minnesota, met us there, amazed that we made it. Clearly with ice storms we were NOT in the Sunshine State so it was quite cold and winter jacket worthy. The weather improved by Sunday, Embarkation day.
Pre-Cruise Lodging; We stayed at the Holiday Inn Club Vacation’s Galveston Beach Resort. We stayed in a fully equipped condo featuring a full Kitchen. The Bathroom with a large walk in shower and massive Jacuzzi style soaking tub was a real luxury. The service was impeccable with over the top hospitality and an immaculate room steps off the beach. Beautiful grounds with a really cool infinity pool and steaming hot tub – I wish the weather was warmer so we could have enjoyed the property more. Hungry on arrival, we ordered pizza from the local Pizza Hut only to be called 20 minutes later to be told they don’t deliver to our location. Apparently the staff at Pizza Hut as little geographical clue about their own island, hello? Don’t you people live here? Frustrated we found a place called “The Jungle” and about a half hour later, two of the most delicious burgers were delivered to our door. You should definitely check out www.thejungle.co/west DW and I highly recommend the Jungle Burger. We also had Saturday available to explore. We had lots of fun in the old town area known as “The Strand” featuring old fashioned gaslights on the streets and lots of cool little shops to explore. We took the ferry across Galveston Bay (it’s free) and saw Dolphin scampering around in the water. We found the people of Galveston to be extremely warm and open. Definitely worth considering a return trip in warmer weather, you’ll love the laid back beach bum vibe.
The trip to Pier 23 and Embarkation went so quick, I didn’t have time to check my watch. Curbside, our checked luggage got tags installed and whisked away to be delivered to our State Room later. Next stop was Security to have carryon luggage x-rayed and a quick step through a metal detector. Nobody batted an eye at the 2 bottles of Champaign in my back pack. Next stop, up one long escalator (elevator was available) to the last step in the check in process, cruise cards. After a 10 min. wait in line we checked in and were advised rooms would be ready around 1:30. Off to the Gangway where we paused for the usual photo op with the Carnival Photographers. Where the Gangway ends, the Magic begins. A quick zig zag deposited up inside the Magic Atrium. A massive space that stretched from the belly of the ship on deck 3 all the way up to the water slides on deck 12. Very similar to last year’s Carnival Dream, we felt at home right away. We were onboard before noon. We did our usual Embarkation Day Sneak and deposited our bags in our room. We were stopped on the way by a Crewmember who said rooms on deck 6 were not ready. I mumbled something about Faster to the Fun (we were not) and dragged my luggage right past the crewmember and down the Starboard side to my room. The door was open but the room was not quite ready. We dropped the carry-on luggage inside the closet and dashed off to the buffet for lunch.
The line at the Wok was ridiculous so we opted for delicious grilled chicken, rice, eggplant parm (yum) which was all good. We were watered and fed and even had desert before the rest of our group had even ordered at the Mongolian Wok. Next stop the bar and a cocktail to explore the ship with. Around 3:30 we attended the obligatory Muster Drill before our big Sail Away right on time at 4 pm. Treated to a beautiful sunset with Galveston in the background we sailed toward the early seating for dinner and Jamaica beyond.
As hinted to before, we were on Deck 6 (SR 6289 Category 8B Balcony) overlooking the Starboard Promenade Deck. We slept comfortably with no issues with noise above or below. The room was set up with a Queen Bed, couch (which was convertible to a bed so the room was capable of handling a party of 3) vanity and 3 closets, two for hanging clothes and one with shelves. Plenty of room for 4 pieces of luggage under the bed. The room and balcony were comparable to the wonderful Cove Balcony we had last year on the Carnival Dream. Cove rooms enjoy more privacy on the balcony but this higher balcony was every bit as enjoyable. One note of caution, selection matters on deck 6 because your balcony is only slightly higher than the hot tub/spas on the Promenade Deck. We selected a room roughly half way between the bump out/half circles protruding from the Promenade. We had the room attendant (who was awesome) empty the fridge for us so we could chill the cokes and case of water I carried on. He kept our ice bucket filled at least twice a day. Thanks to Room Service, we enjoyed Coffee on the Balcony every morning. In the course of our travels I encountered a room attendant and an unhappy looking couple being moved into a room down the hall from me. When inquiring if they were running away from home, they replied they were running away from noise. They were originally located in a room under the Galley so it was quite noisy when breakfast was being prepared. Apparently it is less than restful at 4:am when pots and pans are clanging overhead. Note to yourself; Location, location, location, it pays to pay attention to real estate above and below when booking your Stateroom.
Montego Bay Jamaica was our first Port of Call. I have always caught a cab and went to the beach on my own. For the first time ever, we booked a Shore Excursion through Carnival. Negril Experience – Margaritaville & Cliff Diving was a lot of fun and worth the price. We met our Bus Driver and Tour Guide and were first on the bus. When everyone in our group was onboard we left for the Hour plus – ride to Negril. First stop Margaritaville, right on Negril beach. Since DW and I are both accomplished Parrot Heads (with over 20 Jimmy Buffett Concerts under our belts) we felt right at home. Hungry upon arrival we ordered the loaded Nacho’s (excellent) and enjoyed the beach and beautiful warm blue water while we waited for lunch to be served. We opted for Cheese Burgers which were good (though we’ve had better at other Margaritaville’s) we still enjoyed our Cheese Burger’s in Paradise. We were told the alternative Jerk Chicken and rice was delicious. An hour or 2 after lunch it was time to move onto the famous Rick’s Café for cliff diving. Although our Tour Guide didn’t forbid it, it was recommended we not participate in cliff diving. I highly recommend tipping the divers and remaining a spectator and NOT a participant. The cliffs are jagged and the thought of a broken limb in the third world should be reason enough to remain on terra firma. However it is a beautiful place and the diving is quite a spectacle, there is no wonder why Rick’s Café is rated one of the world’s top ten bars. I wish we could have stayed for the famous sunset but we had a Fun Ship to catch. On the way back to the ship we stopped at a little shopping area where I picked up too many pounds of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. Well worth lugging the coffee beans home with me – yesterday morning I enjoyed freshly ground Jamaican coffee at home while it snowed outside. Uneventful ride back to the ship, we really enjoyed our first officially sanctioned Shore Excursion. One final Jamaican thought; We’ve stayed in Montego Bay for a week a few years ago and this was our first beach day in Jamaica where we were not pestered to buy this, that or the other (illegal) things on the beach. I understand the locals make a living off to tourists but to be free of this really added to our enjoyment of this excursion. If you are approached on the beach a friendly “No tank you mon” usually will suffice. Remember, Peace, Love and Respect Mon!
Next day was Grand Cayman and despite the pain in the neck of a Tender Port, we really enjoyed Grand Cayman. Again we did an official Shore Excursion, this time it was the Tiki Beach club. Chairs and a welcome drink were included with round trip transport. A quick 10 min bus ride and a beautiful near perfect beach day was enjoyed. For a fair skinned Irishman, I appreciated that part of the beach was sunny and part shaded so no beach umbrella needed. There is a coral reef very close to shore so without water shoes we were confined to shallow wading but the water was beautiful, blue, warm and great. This is a great beach to snorkel from but lots of people seem to complain about the coral. We coped with it just fine and despite the coral, Grand Cayman was our favorite stop of the week. (Please don’t be the dummy to stand up on or walk on the coral reef, it takes decades to grow coral back when you break it off. Besides, you don’t want to end up the bandaged up fool to find a Sea Urchin with your bare feet. We sat down for a wonderful Cheese Burger at a cute white rot iron table under a picturesque red umbrella right on the beach. A most memorable lunch with a view to die for, we will never forget it. Seven mile beach stretching off to the right and a view of our cruise ship in the harbor to the left. An expensive island to be certain but we’d love to return for a week or two and would do so in a heartbeat. After getting dropped off back at the Pier, we had plenty of time to stroll over to Margaritaville to collect another t-shirt in our ever expanding Buffett inspired t-shirt collection. Then it was back to the ship to chill out for a while before getting ready to overeat at dinner once again.
Cozumel was a cloudy but warm day and we decided to stay on the ship. With a nearly empty ship we enjoyed having the place to our self and took advantage of everything the Funship had to offer.
A so called fun day at sea before returning to Galveston was spent enjoying the Serenity Deck. We had beautiful sunshine for our last day onboard and took full advantage of it. Soaking up the last hint of warmth before returning to the frigid North East, we relaxed on extremely comfortable Chase Loungers with thick padding and great service from the wait staff and nearby bar. The Serenity Deck is close to the stairs that lead to the water slides which were very fun, making this middle aged guy giggle like a kid again. The Drainpipe was fun but the Twister was definitely the more extreme of the two big slides. The Twister spins you clockwise before quickly reversing you in a counter clockwise spin before depositing you at the bottom. The Twister though fun, gave me a bit of whiplash that showed up a few days later so if you have neck problems, you might want to rethink trying this slide. At the time, both were very fun.
All good things must come to an end, eventually….or later. Upon arrival to the mouth of the Channel that leads to Port Galveston we encountered the big fog delay. We sat roughly a mile off shore for 6 or 7 hours waiting for the fog to lift sufficiently for safe navigation. The Port was closed to all inbound and outbound marine traffic so we there we sit, fog horn blowing as car services wait, flights leave and expenses mount. We were advised that our State Rooms were still ours and we could stay in them and otherwise have full run of the ship until we were tied up alongside in Galveston. No need to drag suitcases around, we were encouraged to leave them in our rooms. Through public address announcements we were kept informed and advised that the restaurant and buffet were open for our enjoyment. The whole ship and all she had to offer was still our home away from home and were encouraged to use it while we were still aboard. There were no cups at the beverage stations, huge lines at the buffet and an unbelievable line at the dining room. If I didn’t know better I’d think people hadn’t eaten for a week. We gave up and camped out in our room and dined on a left over box of cereal from room service two days prior. Finally cleared to sail into port we arrived after 2 and shortly thereafter disembarkation began. While off shore my Verizon Wireless was no longer roaming, I changed flights, updated car services at both ends. Ralph from Republic Limo was in constant contact and assured me he would be there when we cleared customs. Disembarkation was a whirlwind. Since time was of the essence I found the Woman in charge in the Atrium, Dee was most helpful in getting us off the ship. We would definitely have missed our new flight out if not for her. We were “Self Assist” so we had all our luggage in tow, left the ship, walked the gang way to customs and exited the building 10 minutes, Cabin to curb - amazing. As soon as we left the customs hall we called Ralph, we waited at the curb less than two minutes before he scooped us up and had us on our way to Hobby – Bing, bang, boom. We made it to our gate and sat less than 15 min before boarding happened. Without the help of Carnival’s staff (Thank you Dee!), efficient Customs Agents and a great Limo Company and an awesome JetBlue counter attendant (originally from our own home town), we never would have made it on time. Everything came together as the stars aligned on Super Bowl Sunday (except the Pats weren’t playing).
A few last words about the Port of Galveston; it seems to be plagued with foggy conditions more often than not in winter and ridiculous delays appear to be the norm. Watching various webcams, the ships based in Miami and Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) seem to come and go week after week without a hitch. Meanwhile Galveston is fogged in and closed to marine traffic every other week. These delays affected our outbound flights requiring costly rescheduling fees and inconvenience to our Car Service at both ends. Inbound we encountered that ice storm and although the fog at the end of the cruise didn’t impact the airports we were most definitely impacted by cold and weather coming and going. Do not book an early flight if you choose to sail in and out of Galveston. The friendliness of the people of Texas surpassed that of FL on previous cruises, it’s too bad weather issues tainted our experience. We still made the most of it despite our inconveniences and made our own fun despite Mother Nature’s poor sense of humor. If we sail out of Galveston again we will definitely be scheduling a next day flight home.
 
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Balcony
Cabin 8C 6289
Very quiet room. No noise from the Promenade Deck below, far enough away from the elevated hot tub to still be private. Great location, close to the atrium elevators but far enough away to avoid atrium noise. Once in awhile could hear brats running in corridor but not enough a problem to be an issue. No detectable noise from above or below. Almost exactly the same as last year's Cove Balcony on Carnival Dream, similar size balcony - two chairs (one reclined) and small cocktail table. Queen size bed, splitable to two twins, one couch convertible to a bed - max capacity 3. Typical size bathroom with one sink, smallish shower stall that flooded the bathroom, resulted in new towels every day. Typical toilet. One outlet in bathroom - near ceiling above mirror. Ample storage with 3 closets, two with hanging rods one with shelves. Fridge fully stocked (can be emptied once in international waters). Plenty of room under queen bed for two large suit cases and two rolling carry on. Room safe in cabinet under in room vanity with drawers, top drawer has hair dryer. Be advised almost every deck has self service laundry facility.
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